(a) short illness


(a) short illness
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How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • illness — ill|ness W3S2 [ˈılnıs] n [U and C] a disease of the body or mind, or the condition of being ill ▪ She had all the normal childhood illnesses . ▪ I d been told I d been suffering from various illnesses . ▪ Her mother was just recovering from an… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • illness - disease — ◊ illness If you have an illness, there is something wrong with your health, so that you cannot work or live normally. An illness can affect several parts of your body. It can last for a long time or a short time, and its effects can be serious… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Illness — Ill ness, n. [From {Ill}.] 1. The condition of being ill, evil, or bad; badness; unfavorableness. [Obs.] The illness of the weather. Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Disease; indisposition; malady; disorder of health; sickness; as, a short or a severe… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • short shrift — n. 1) Summary, careless treatment; scant attention: »These annoying memos will get short shrift from the boss. 2) Quick work. 3) a) A short respite, as from death. b) The brief time before execution granted a condemned prisoner for confession and …   Word Histories

  • illness — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ deadly, fatal, incurable, terminal ▪ catastrophic (AmE, law), critical, dangerous, debilitating, devastating …   Collocations dictionary

  • illness*/*/*/ — [ˈɪlnəs] noun 1) [U] the state of feeling ill or having a disease He missed five days of school because of illness.[/ex] 2) [C] a particular disease, or a period of being ill a serious illness[/ex] • Other ways of saying illness ■ bug (informal)… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • short — I [[t]ʃɔ͟ː(r)t[/t]] ADJECTIVE AND ADVERB USES ♦ shorter, shortest (Please look at category 24 to see if the expression you are looking for is shown under another headword.) 1) ADJ GRADED If something is short or lasts for a short time, it does… …   English dictionary

  • short — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} adj. 1 not measuring much from one end to the other VERBS ▪ be, look, seem ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …   Collocations dictionary

  • Illness, acute — An illness with an abrupt onset and usually a short course …   Medical dictionary

  • a long illness —    American    cancer    The language of the obituary notice. A short illness may indicate suicide …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms


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